Corporate Governance and Compliance

Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance

Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance

NERA economists assist clients in responding to formal investigations and requests for data and analyses from regulatory entities, such as the Division of Enforcement at the SEC, the DOJ, offices of State Attorneys General, and self-regulatory organizations such as FINRA. NERA's capabilities include the construction and analysis of large and complex transaction databases, analysis and implementation of computerized surveillance procedures, and preparation of summary materials responsive to regulators' requests. NERA's expertise in financial regulation enables us to support firms in all economic aspects of regulatory policy, including responding to market abuse investigations, defending enforcement actions, providing expert testimony, and quantifying regulatory impacts and risks. NERA's extensive experience with the analysis of damages and disgorgement measures aids clients in negotiating settlement agreements.

Recent examples of NERA's work in this area include:

  • Analyses of transactions on the behalf of financial firms in order to determine whether customer trades received best execution
  • Evaluation of loss and market-to-market procedures for securities containing subprime mortgages for a financial firm
  • Consulting work and expert testimony related to automated surveillance of specialists in national and regional stock exchanges
  • Consulting to financial institutions regarding compliance practices and response to regulatory orders
  • Construction and analysis of a complex database in response to market timing allegations in a mutual fund family
  • Comparative analysis of customers' experience in brokerage versus fee-based accounts in a regulatory matter

NERA also has extensive experience working with mutual fund families in their discussions with regulators. Our experts provide economic analysis to aid with the detection of market timing and late trading and the measurement of corresponding losses to mutual fund shareholders. In addition, our experts consult with mutual fund families on cases in which traders have sought damages from fund families as the result of the abrogation of contracts that allowed market timing.

In addition, NERA works with specialist firms involved in civil and criminal proceedings. Our experts have extensive experience analyzing data, reports, and algorithms used in automated surveillance of specialists' trading and exchange rules for equities and options.

Name Title Location Phone Email
Dr. Sharon Brown-Hruska Managing Director Washington, DC +1 202 466 9222
Dr. Patrick Conroy Managing Director
Chair of NERA's Securities and Finance Practice
New York City +1 212 345 1466
Dr. Anne Gron Managing Director Chicago +1 312 573 2850
Tomas Haug Managing Director Berlin +49 30 700 1506 10
Dr. Vinita Juneja Managing Director
Chair of NERA's White Collar, Investigations and Enforcement Practice
New York City
+1 212 345 3148
+44 20 7659 8618
+1 416 868 7314
Dr. Faten Sabry Managing Director
Bankruptcy Practice Chair
New York City
+1 212 345 3285
+44 20 7659 8618
Dr. David Tabak Managing Director New York City +1 212 345 2176
Bradley A. Heys Director Toronto
New York City
+1 416 868 7312
+1 212 345 2691
Robert Patton Associate Director Toronto
New York City
+1 416 868 7318
+44 20 7659 8620
+1 212 345 3269
Ivelina Velikova Senior Consultant New York City +1 212 345 1160
Dr. James Overdahl Affiliated Industry Expert Washington, DC +1 202 547 3035
Mark L. Berenblut Affiliated Consultant Toronto
New York City
+1 416 868 7311
+1 917 475 0020
+44 20 7659 8644
Dr. Marcia Kramer Mayer Affiliated Consultant New York City +1 212 345 2196
Title Type Author
Securities Class Actions: 2016 Full-Year Review and Mid-2017 Flash Update Published Article By Stefan Boettrich and Svetlana Starykh
Not All MBS Settlements Are Equal White Paper By Faten Sabry, Sungi Lee, and Linh Nguyen
Trends in Regulatory Enforcement in UK Financial Markets Report By Robert Patton et al.
Economic Analysis in the Federal Rule-Making Process to Implement the Dodd-Frank Wall... Working Paper By Dr. James Overdahl
SEC Settlements Trends: 3Q09 Update Study
Ponzi Scheme Detection: How the SEC Can Catch the Next Thief Working Paper By Dr. Marcia Kramer Mayer
Study of the Impact of Securitization on Consumers, Investors, Financial Institutions... Study By Dr. Faten Sabry and Dr. Chudozie Okongwu
SEC Settlements Trends: 1Q09 Update Study
Financial Disclosure and SFAS 157: Seeking Transparency in a Perfect Storm Published Article By Dr. Sharon Brown-Hruska with former NERA Vice President Shuchi Satwah
FCPA Settlements: It's a Small World After All Working Paper By Raymund Wong and Dr. Patrick Conroy